This uncropped print was apparently made by Du Camp himself or one of his assistants, and is probably unique in this form. Unlike the less rare Du Camp prints by Blanquart Evrard or even those by Alfred LeNormand or Gustave Le Gray, these prints likely made by Du Camp's own hand are apparently unique proof copies. The color is considerably different than the other prints.Note the man posed for scale.The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples in Abu Simbel (??? ???? in Arabic) in Nubia, southern Egypt. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments," which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan). The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir. The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.
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Medium Lightly albumenized salt print from paper negative
Photo Date 1850 Print Date 1851c
Dimensions 8-3/4 x 6-1/2 in. (222 x 165 mm)
Photo Country Egypt
Photographer Country France
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